As every year, in mid-January, the word Txotx! is shouted out to announce the start of the cider season. The event makes it possible to enjoy the new harvest of natural cider coming straight from barrels (kupelas).
Until April, cider houses open their doors to offer the typical menu consisting of cod omelette, cod with peppers, T-bone steak, cheese with quince and walnuts. Of course all of it accompanied by tasty cider.
According to tradition, every time the responsible for opening the barrels uncovers a new one, he shouts out Txotx!, and guests around the table approach the barrels to taste the cider. People are back and forth continuously.
There are about 70 cider houses spread over 24 towns, most of them located in the surroundings of San Sebastian. During cider season from January to April, towns like Astigarraga, Hernani, Usurbil and Urnieta attract plenty of visitors due to the cider houses there. Also in the provinces of Bizkaia and Alava you will find many of them. Nowadays, families and groups of friends visit cider bars in order to enjoy the tradition and the natural cider.
If you are interested in the real Basque cider experience, let us take you to a cider house where you can enjoy delicious food, fresh cider and most importantly a unique atmosphere.